Today, however, I thought that I'd use a piece to make a point about the police, as JuliaM looks at the shooting of some abnormally young Liverpudlian thug.
One woman, who refused to be named for fear of reprisals, said a petrol bomb had been thrown at the house where Lewis died just last week.
'There has been trouble between youths here for months,' she said.
Savour that. Even with the little scumbag cooling on a slab, this woman is too frightened to give her name to the press.
Indeed. Well, you know what it's like: the police have soooooo much to do these days. Plus, as Counting Cats points out, it is far easier to arrest motorists for blowing their noses, eh?
Think I'm kidding? I'm not.
A businessman has been fined £60 and had his driving licence endorsed for blowing his nose while stuck in a traffic jam.
Michael Mancini, a furniture restorer from Prestwick, Ayrshire, was given the fixed penalty and docked three penalty points after leaning over and pulling out a paper handkerchief to wipe his nose when stuck in Ayr High Street. Mancini said that his van was in neutral with its handbrake on, and that he was flabbergasted when he was signalled into a parking bay by an approaching policeman.
Matters became “a little bit surreal”, he said, when he wound down his window and was promptly charged by the stern-faced PC Stuart Gray, a man known locally as “Shiny Buttons” in recognition of his zealous attention to detail. “I honestly thought it was a joke,” said Mancini, 39, who was booked for failing to be in control of his vehicle.
“I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding’. But he was absolutely deadpan. He’s a policeman, so you’re not going to start shouting abuse at him. I thought, ‘What is the world coming to?’ You pick the papers up every day and they are full of horror stories — but this bloke has nothing more to do with his time.”
We have murders, rapes, robberies. We also have runny noses.PC Gray earned notoriety for doling out a £50 fine to Stewart Smith, another Ayr man, who dropped a £10 note from his back pocket. Mr Smith was charged with littering.
Ladies and gentlemen we have ourselves a fascist! That is beyond human comprehension.
I think that it is time that the police are given a serious lecture on their fucking priorities, frankly. One of the Peelian Principles stated that...
- The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.
By this measure, many police forces—especially those in Liverpool—have failed. Utterly.
Another principle states that...
- Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
By which measure, I think that we can honestly say that PC Gray has also failed.
There is a basic problem with priorities here, people. Some areas of Britain are riddled with crime—it is endemic. In other areas, the police are arresting people for stupid, non-crimes. There needs to be a re-alignment so that the police priorities are those of the general public's: for, as Peel's principles also state...
- The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.
- Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
We need elected police chiefs and we need them now—oh, and Sir Hugh Orde and his corporatist Association of Police Chief Officers can go fuck themselves.
In the meantime, I suggest that PC Gray is deployed to Liverpool and let's see how fucking shiny his button stay then, the fascist cunt.